The Kremlin-controlled Central District Court of Simferopol will deliver the judgement in the so-called case "February 26" today, June 4, Edem Semedlyaev, the lawyer of the person involved in the "case" Ali Asanov, reported.
The lawyer noted that this "trial" was the longest in the current Crimean realities.
“In my practice this is the longest case, I did not think that it would be so dragged. All the cases passed very quickly. But here the court took pauses, time-outs and there was a feeling that the judge was stalling for time. The case went faster after the sentencing of Akhtem Chiygoz.”
According to Semedlyaev, a large number of witnesses and victims were involved in the case, but only one of them was interrogated. So, there was no identification, no verification of evidence on the spot.
“In his testimony, he says that he came to a meeting and then he had a conflict with one person, whose name he did not know, but if he sees the person, he would recognize. He also says that he was hit, from which he felt physical pain. And that is all. He does not say that they broke anything, broke his nose or busted lip.”
The lawyer stressed that there is no evidence that his client was involved in any actions at the rally on February 26.
“In this case, there was not a single identification, not one examination on the fact that the video really shows the defendants - Asanov and Degermendzhi. The whole charge was based on the fact that Ali Asanov said: "Yes, I was at the rally on February 26". Where was he there? What did you do? Nothing is known about this. The evidence presented by the prosecutor, where he pointed to Ali Asanov, this cannot be used as evidence. Because it was shot from a very long distance, it's very difficult to prove that it was he in a huge number of people. Especially as the strikes are not seen. How the court will describe it in its verdict - I do not know.”
At the same time, Sememlyaev added that the "judge" understands the side of defense and the suspects themselves, but acts as directed "from above".
“We see that the judge understands and hears us, but when someone presses on him, he chooses another position. This was noticeable in the case of Ilmi Umerov. After the judge reads the verdict, he asks if everything is clear, explains the procedure for appealing, just talks. After the announcement of Ilmi Umerov's verdict, he did not look at anyone and immediately retired. Probably he was ashamed.”
Earlier, on May 14, the defendants in the case of "February 26" delivered their final statement in the "court" of Simferopol.
Previously, at the hearing on May 4, final statement of defense of Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi were delivered.
On May 11, the Kremlin-controlled Supreme Court of the occupied Crimea, rejected the appeal of the defense of Crimean Tatar activists, involved in the "February 26 case" Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi to extend the measure of restraint. Activists will remain under house arrest until July 7.
Reference: Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov are tried for participation in the rally on February 26, 2014 outside the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and rendering resistance to the Russian occupation forces.